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The 4 Types of Tackler – Rugby Fitness Training

Tackling is one of the most important elements of the game. While a bone crunching tackle makes a great video on You Tube the reality is missed tackles get you far more noticed in a rugby match and obviously not for the right reasons! As a player you will instantly lose marks for a missed [...]

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The First Step In Sprinting – Rugby Fitness Training

Take a look at this video which is a small segment of the sprint training module in the Fitness Victory Formula. Sprint speed is as much about technique as it is about physical conditioning. To have quicker athletes they need to be stronger and fitter but the biggest gains will come quickest from resolving their running [...]

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Plyometric Exercises To Do – Rugby Fitness Training

The following exercises are simple to do and could be done before rugby training if warmed up, during a weights session or after practice However you do them if you consistently add jumps into your plan then you will begin to make improvements in your speed. If you are really focused on improving your speed [...]

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The Speed Formula – Rugby Fitness Training

Max Strength – This is the amount of force you can generate within the muscles. This is also called slow speed strength as it takes up to a second plus to exert maximum force. For sprinting the stronger you are the better. A key point to note is that it is the maximum strength  produced at [...]

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Nic Gill Interview – All Blacks Fitness Coach – Part 2

In part 1 of my interview with All Black’s conditioning coach Nic Gill we saw what life is like inside the All Blacks camp as well as what the requirements of top level rugby. In this part Nic gives his views on the fastest, strongest and fittest all blacks players he has worked with. Who do [...]

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Nic Gill Interview – All Blacks Fitness Coach

Just before the Rugby World Cup Final last year I went to the All Blacks Team Hotel to interview their strength and conditioning coach Nic Gill. Nic has been the New Zealand fitness coach for the last 8 years. The interview gives a fascinating insight into what life is like inside the All Blacks camp [...]

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Sprinting Speed – The1st Step – Rugby Fitness Training

Take a look at this video which is a small segment of the sprint training module in the Fitness Victory Formula. Sprint speed is as much about technique as it is about physical conditioning. To have quicker athletes they need to be stronger and fitter but the biggest gains will come quickest from resolving their running [...]

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Why Japan Beat South Africa – Rugby Fitness Training

A few years ago I wrote an article on why the biggest upset in Rugby history (involving top countries) was when Samoa beat Australia who were 8 places higher in the world rankings. This weekend Japan set a new record being 11 places below South Africa. Compare this to football where the biggest upset was [...]

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Base Plyometrics – Rugby Fitness Training Plyometrics

This video is of a base plyometric exercise demonstrated by me and then with examples of how it looks when rugby players perform it in training. The video is of a super simple and low intensity plyometric exercise yet as you can see none of the players are even close to getting the technique right. [...]

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The 11 Types of Tackle – Part 1 – Rugby Fitness Training

I wrote last week about the different types of tackler within your team. My personal belief is the reason most people are scared of tackling is because they have never been taught to do it correctly. This has been hampered further by thinking that there are just 3 types of tackle for them to get used to. [...]

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